Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour Giveaway


Anthony Bourdain A Cook's TourFor much of last October, much of the local blogosphere has been all abuzz with news of Anthony Bourdain being in the Philippines. True enough, everyone was talking about his visits to Pampanga, Manila, and Cebu, all in the course of taping his show, No Reservations. Rumor has it that the Philippine show is set to air in late January. Of course, if that’s too long a wait, this might just be the thing for you!

Together with Avalon.ph, we’re raffling off a first edition hardcover copy of Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour. If that’s not enough, the copy to be raffled off is SIGNED.

More than just an online bookseller, Avalon.ph is a long established website dealing in all sorts of hard-to-find books, first editions, even signed copies. Going through Avalon.ph’s inventory always makes me drool. They have rare copies of books by my favorite authors like Banana Yoshimoto and Neil Gaiman. Plus, they also have the best prices on Moleskines, the prettiest, most fantastic notebooks I’ve had the pleasure to use. So much loved are Moleskines that the response to their Bloghopping Moleskine Giveaway contest was tremendous!

Anthony Bourdain A Cook's Tour

So, what do you have to do to get your hands on that signed A Cook’s Tour? Simply tell us about the most interesting meal you’ve ever had, then you can earn points to join a raffle for the book.

• Answering in the comments section gets you 1 point.
• Answering in your own blog with a link back to this post earns you 2
points. Please use a trackback or leave a comment with your post’s
URL / permalink so I can count your entry.
• Adding photos, whether actual or representative of the meal gives you another point. Illustrations are nice, too. Of course, please make sure that you either own the photo, it’s royalty-free or you have the copyright owner’s permission.
• Here’s the totally subjective part. If I like your entry, you get a secret extra point which I shall factor in come raffle time. So that adds up to having 4 points, equivalent to 4 raffle tickets.

Entries will be accepted from January 5 to January 14, 11:59pm, Philippine Time. One winner will be picked through a List Randomizer. Results will be announced on January 15, 2009.

This contest is limited to Philippine residents only.
Contestants are required to supply a valid email address when they make their entry comment. Winner will be contacted via email where they’ll be required to supply a Philippine mailing address. If I repeatedly fail to contact you through your email address, you’ll forfeit the prize and another digital raffle will be held.

So, are you up to winning that prize? I know I’d join if I could, *sigh* but I guess the book will go to good hands if one of you food loving readers could read it. Start racking your brains and join!

Many thanks to http://www.Avalon.ph for sponsoring this contest.

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40 Responses to Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour Giveaway

  1. khursten says:

    Oooh! A cook’s tour! >w<) Signed by tony too!

  2. eric says:

    teka mag pre prepare mmuna ako ng aking bonggang bonggang post. na may kasamang sayaw!

    ahahah

  3. Noel says:

    The most interesting meal I had was in Singapore for orientation-training. It was the last day of the session and we were all celebrating at Palm Beach Restaurant on the east coast.

    My classmates and I got talking about the cuisines of our respective countries and I guess I trumped them with my graphic description of balut. Everybody else thought it the grossest food of ASEAN. As my reward (or punishment), I was offered the restaurant’s best appetizer which was a dish of steamed frog legs. This likely will not be the most spectacular or exotic to be written about here but it was for me.

    I finally took a taste (after much cajoling from the group) and it was no where near the expected chicken taste. It went down like a fat, wrigling minnow down my throat, as if coated by slime. I wasn’t sure if I was going to vomit but the potential embarassment was of greater concern so I swallowed.

    I remember grabbing the closest clear drink then downed it in one gulp, not realizing it was one of Soju, the Korean potato wine. Me, being a teetotaler, couldn’t decide which was worse: the slimy frog limbs or the searing heat of the alcohol making tracks down my throat.

  4. Carol says:

    My most interesting meal was the first time I ate at a very very high-priced steak house in NYC. I’ll never forget, as long as I live, the taste of the strip steak, sizzled in butter. It was so incredible, and I’ve never been able to replicate it at home.

  5. NineMoons says:

    The most interesting meal I’ve had to date? My introduction to Korean food. Quick backstory: my BF was briefly employed as a tutor by a Korean family, and he was required to sit down to lunch with them – and he immediately developed a kimchi addiction. Naturally, when he started hankering after Korean food, he had to take me along….

    We went to a great Korean place near Commonwealth Avenue in QC to try out their dishes. He gave me a crash course in Korean table manners, ordered the meal, and we were off. I can still remember my own introduction to kimchi, the succulent sam gyeop sal, the banchan selection, and that amazing soup of pork ribs, potatoes.

    The kimchi hit all the taste zones and instilled a similar addiction; the sam gyeop sal were cooked to a perfect sizzle; the banchan were a festival of tastes and textures; and the broth was a restorative brew of magical proportions.

    Now Korean food ranks high on my list of favorite things to eat, and I love kimchi. Best introduction to a whole new cuisine ever.

  6. red says:

    The most interesting meal I’ve ever had? I would say every time Pinoy food is served! There’s something about our local food that just drives my tongue insane! Adobo in its most basic variation, Tinola with fresh Papayas, a naturally soured Sinigang with tons of Sampalocs (not by Maggi Sinigang Mix! Although I would take one anytime… hey, food is food!)… anything Pinoy!

    P.S. Writing this comment made me hungry…

  7. Although I don’t really qualify for the contest (I don’t live in the Philippines), I liked the premise and the memories it brought back, so I wrote a post on my blog about my most interesting meal–hakarl in Iceland. Please check it out: http://journeysandadventures.today.com/2009/01/07/my-most-interesting-meal-hakarl-in-iceland/

  8. Em Dy says:

    The most interesting meals I’ve had were those shared with a mentor.

  9. Monette says:

    The most interesting meal I ever had was when I cooked a special menudo and chopsuey for my dad (his favorite) then during the dinner I announced that I’m pregnant with my first baby. When he reacted positively I think that was the most delicious and heartwarming meal I ever had. =)

  10. myrya says:

    The words ‘Pampanga’ and ‘Anthony Bourdain’ helped me recall one of the most interesting meals I’ve had in my life and it centers around dinuguan, one of my all time favorite Pinoy dishes.

    My family used to travel with family friends around parts of Luzon during the summer and christmas seasons. Whenever we find ourselves passing through Tarlac (which is near Pampanga), we would often stopover for a meal at one of our family friend’s relatives. They would serve us interesting stuff, particularly buro or fermented fresh fish, along with the usual fare but during one of our visits we were given a special treat: dinuguan prepared their way.

    What was unique about the preparation was that the pig was freshly killed and while the heart was pumping out the blood from the body, the blood was already being mixed with vinegar. This was then cooked and served to us.

    It had that real fresh pig taste, which I didn’t particularly care for, and it had a light brown almost adoboish color with the consistency to match. It wasn’t the dinuguan taste I look for but it still made for a very memorable dining experience.

  11. Winston says:

    wow. that’s cool. :D

  12. Mila says:

    Thank you for pointing me towards Avalon for Moleskines. I have 8 of the notebooks that I bought in HK and the US, and they are hoarded like precious items that they are. At least I know I can go to Avalon for more!

  13. Tony Lou says:

    thanks for the linking avalon.ph. now i know where i could buy books that are hard to find here and of course moleskins. whee!

    erm, i’m not much of a foodie and most of the time, i just eat for the sake of eating. but there’s one particular dish that i just love eating everytime i order it.

    kai, a japanese restaurant in greenbelt 5 (formerly in greenbelt 2), has this sushi dish called soft shell crab roll. every time i go there that’s what i order. it’s just a different sushi experience. normally, i’ve come to expect my sushi to be soft, but this one is different. as you first bite into it, you feel the usual softness of the rice. as you bite further, your teeth hits the soft shell crab and you feel the crunchiness and as you finish that bite, you taste the almost sugary sweetness of the filling (for a lack of a better term) and there’s the wasabi that gives it a bit of a punch. i think the tastes and textures are distinct and together make for a very good eating sensation. i hope this made sense. ^_^

  14. Grace says:

    It wasn’t exactly a ‘meal’ but the dish was very exceptional. We were at the lakeside in our province, Palawan, during that time and one of the hosts brought out a Tupperware. There were uncooked snails inside and my uncle asked me to try one. I tried eating it. It was good but I ended up having diarrhea :|

  15. Joy Mesina-Bahia says:

    The very first time I had a Shawarwa was interesting! A lot of senses were awakened in me as I bit my way through it. Pita bread… beef…onions…tomatoes…veggies…cheese…and the sauce that completes it…oh WOW!, what a perfect combination!=)

  16. Joy Mesina-Bahia says:

    The very first time I had a Shawarma was interesting! A lot of senses were awakened in me as I bit my way through it. Pita bread… beef…onions…tomatoes…veggies…cheese…and the sauce that completes it…oh WOW!, what a perfect combination!=)

  17. Nolie says:

    Ow! pretty cool and interesting!

  18. cali_maki says:

    To date the most interesting meal I had was in Dads Megamall. It was 1995 it was the time of grunge, giordano classics T-shirts and also the time when buffet mania was at its peak thanks to saisaki and dads who paved way for this glutton feast phenomenon. I was just 12 years old and having no background on Japanese food I started attacking the Japanese food section like a mad woman (then again at that time a mad girl) just because my mother pointed out the maki rolls and said “Eto kumuha ka neto mahal yan.” I don’t know if its just in my family or its something distinctly Pinoy to make “bawi” or make the most out of the thing that you spent for that I started filling my plate with maki rolls. This is because in theory I can’t make “bawi” with the heavier food like the angus steak or the lechon because I get full easily, so instead the smaller maki looks more manageable for my 12-year old stomach. On the side of the maki tray was bowl of green stuff that looks like ice cream, it was wasabi, i thought it was sweet like ice cream since im convinced by the way it looks that it might be some kind of japanese avocado ice cream. I also took plenty of wasabi that night to go with my maki rolls. So there I was walking tall and proud because of my “Pambawi” finds. When I finally sat to eat I applied the green stuff all over my maki, since I was advice by the waiter that the green stuff is for the rolls (its always the waiter’s fault haha), and since I thought it was…well, sweet. When I finally took the whole maki roll inside my mouth, I started feel the true flavor of that green stuff, I tried to bear the stinging effect a little bit longer because i dont want to look unsophisicated (which translates to: not knowing how to appreciate the exotic flavors of the japanese cuisine..) but the wasabi flavor started to get into my nose so I have to spit it out. My battle with the wasabi was over. I drank my water as fast as I could and sighed with relief only to find out that a girl in front of me was watching in horror. It was Antoinette Taus sitting next to Jason Everly (son of one of the Everly Bros. who made a movie with Donna Cruz around that same time….95, and yes..I watched that movie too…oh, things i did in the 90sss!). To this day I can’t forget the horror on her face that night and my battle with the big bad green wasabi. That one unforgettable night with wasabi and maki rolls led to my long lasting love affair with Japanese food and maki rolls ( I even learned how to make them!). And I promised my 12-year old self never to make the same fiasco over wasabi on my first dates!(and I never did!) Happy Ending :)

  19. Lesley says:

    Most interesting meal I had was in Claude Tayag’s house. We had lechon cooked 5 ways and nothing was wasted! =)

  20. Melody Co says:

    The most interesting food I ever tasted was a special balut gourmet-like dish in ilustrado restaurant during our Alternative Class Program Food Trip in Intramuros while I was in college. Imagine the balut, considered by foreigners as one of the grossest foods they will never eat and eaten fresh from the balut vendor selling at the streets, served in a gourmet plate.It looked and tasted absolutely perfect!

  21. Jovita says:

    The most interesting foods I’ve had were – ginataang pating in Bicol, I didn’t know it was shark until I’ve eaten and digested all of the dish, – and adobong kabayo, cooked by a friend.

  22. jedi says:

    wanna own 1..luv cooking for my husband and kid!

  23. Food goes straightly from the heart therefore, its very important that everybody loves recipe and cooking.

  24. cebukitty says:

    The most interesting meal I’ve ever had? Hmmm…well a Filipino carmelite nun once served us horsemeat stew in Belgium. I was really hesitant about eating it but I didn’t want to offend our hosts so I took a very tentative bite. I was relieved to find out that it tasted just like beef only just a bit tad tougher and had an interesting aftertaste that’s kinda hard to describe. My body warmed up afterwards tho…which was a good thing coz Belgium was like below 10 C that time :D

  25. Ian Clarito says:

    Hi!

    Here’s my blog link for the contest. =)

    http://ianclarito.multiply.com/journal/item/2/an_interesting_meal

    Good luck to all.

    -ian

  26. phaelun says:

    one of the most interesting meal i’ve ever had is my dad’s own homemade pizza. The crust is sweet and flaky. The toppings include corn, chinese suasage, onions, mushroom, green pepper and mozzarella cheese. The taste was unusual :)

  27. Sara says:

    For me it’s Frogs with my boyfriend’s family. yum yum :D

    My blog entry here: http://raingirldreaming.multiply.com/journal/item/22/kokak_kokak

  28. lorraine says:

    the most interesting meal I had was this chinese turtle soup in a small restaurant in quezon city. it was interesting because our host told us how turtles are cooked and even though I liked the soup, i lost my taste for eating them after that story.

  29. vigorpr says:

    December 2007. Going against the tradition of spending Christmas with my family in Ilocos, I went to Siquijor for the holidays and had a solitary retreat, embracing the glorious silence of the Mystic Island. My meal on Christmas Eve, prepared by the cook of the mom-and-pop resort I was staying in, was certainly memorable and interesting. It was simple fare–pork nilaga with assorted veggies–but it was perfectly executed, every bite tender and luscious. The paradise setting made the meal all the more special.

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  31. Lorelei says:

    Hi, I am a very big fan of Anthony Bourdain and that guy from Bizarre Food.

    Anyway, I grew up with my granparents at Loay, Bohol – where the famous chocolate hills is. Every weekend, we would go to the beach to have picnic there. One time, we ate fresh sea urchin bought from the fisherfolks passing by. We also had fresh jellyfish soaked in coconut vinegar (tuba). The sea urchin tasted sweet and salty and the texture was soft and slippery. The transparent jellyfish or what we know here as ‘bukja’ was also salty but I was really having a great time eating it because it was like eating a transparent jelo only it was salty. I wonder how they got the jellyfish’s sting off (it reminds me to ask my grandmother one of these days. Aside from that, we also had grilled fish and grilled pork’s face and ears. The grilled pork’s face and ears tasted even better than a grilled pork belly because it is crunchier and and less fatty. Overall, I could say it was truly one interesting meal by the beach.

  32. here’s my entry! i am brilliant at leaving things up to the last minute! XD

    http://magnetic-rose.livejournal.com/592259.html

  33. frances says:

    My entry: http://f-eats.blogspot.com/2009/01/ziggurat.html

    :)

    And can I also mention, that my friend (Ian, who has an entry too) and I are big followers of Bourdain. We’ve been sharing efforts in acquiring episodes of No Reservations and A Cook’s Tour (that’s 95 episodes and counting– we are still missing Osaka and Venice.)

  34. nagi-chan says:

    One of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had is the first authentic Japanese meal I ate when I was in Japan as an exchange student.

    It was the summer of 2007, and my fellow exchange students and I went to Asakusa Temple to interview people who visited the place about certain things related to the temple for our Intensive Japanese class. When those interviews were over, our teachers brought us to this homey restaurant a few minutes away from the temple are by foot. There they treated us to okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza), monjayaki (relatively the same as okonomiyaki in terms of ingredients, but the preparations and the form is different), yakisoba (friend noodles), and a bottle of lamune (soda with a very unique bottle).

    It was very memorable because it was the first Japanese meal i ever ate when I arrived at Japan, and the homeyness of the restaurant with its tatami mats and low tables with hot plates added to the experience. This is one of the many memories I’ve made in Japan that I look back to with fondness and nostalgia.

    Here’s a picture of the okonomiyaki we ate that day while it was being cooked: http://joyvillar.multiply.com/photos/album/44/whimsical_adventures_in_japan_part_3#51

  35. kaoko says:

    Comments closed. Winner to be announced in a couple of hours :D Thanks for joining, everyone!